Bar teams up with street food pop-up to launch ‘subs’ menu

Sub cult Sun tavern

Sandwiches inspired by American “subs” but with a British twist are to be added to the menu at an east London bar in partnership with a gourmet street food pop-up.

A range of sub-style sandwiches, packed with a variety of meats, fish and vegetables, will be available alongside the cocktails at The Sun Tavern, in Bethnal Green Road.

Available Tuesdays to Sundays from late January, they have been created by Sub Cult, which was started up in a 1970s Renault Estafette van, nicknamed The Soul Roller, by Ben Chancellor and Gareth Phillips.

The Sun Tavern’s subs will include Dub-Sub, which combines slow-cooked free-range pork shoulder, hot jerk barbecue sauce, plantain, crispy crackling, pickled pink onions and fresh coriander.

Coppa, salami and mortadella cured meats are the base for the Martin Subsese, with buffalo mozzarella, a kalamata tapenade and sun-blush tomatoes.

The Sub-Terranean is made with seared woodland mushroom, roasted garlic, stilton, crème fraiche and white truffle. The Rodeo sub contains beef rump, provolone cheese, pickled Serrano chilli, roast onion and black truffle mayonnaise.

The Sub-Claws combines lobster and crayfish with lemon mayonnaise, pickled cucumber, radish and chive. The Classic Grilled Cheese sub combines melted cheeses mozzarella, provolone and stilton with picante plus Sub Cult’s own pickle.

They will be complemented by sides such as baked parmesan polenta chips with spiced ketchup, confit duck lolly pops with plum sauce, apple and celeriac remoulade with crispy shallots and roast carrot, and beetroot with blue cheese dipping sauce. Also available will be Sub-Zero ice creams and sorbets for dessert.

The Sun Tavern was opened in September last year in a former pub of the same name by The Umbrella Project, made up of Andy Kerr, Stephen Thompson and Ali Tatton, who are also behind cocktail bar Discount Suit Company in Spitalfields, London.

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